Dental emergencies are never a good thing, especially if you’ve grown in your permanent set of adult teeth. Since you only get one set of adult teeth, they can be very expensive to fix or replace if you do have a dental emergency. Normal dental clinics can handle certain dental emergencies, but you also might need to go to an actual emergency dentist.
If you’re curious about whether you need an emergency dental clinic, a general dental clinic, or an ER, call your dentist first and they can help.
Take Care Of Your Teeth Daily
Keeping your teeth strong and healthy is a great start to prevent from breaking, loosening, or getting infected. Prevention is the easiest cure for dental emergencies. All you need to do is brush, floss, and use mouthwash 2-3 times a day. In total it should take up to 5 minutes per session ideally, going for much longer than that won’t provide you with much benefit, however, if your routine only takes a minute or two it’s probably not long enough.
Cleaning out your teeth will ensure you are getting rid of negative impacts such as plaque and tartar build up, this can cause your gums to recede, swell up, and potentially allow your teeth to loosen and move. If your teeth move enough they could allow for bacteria to get inside the tooth, or even fall out of your mouth.
Eat A Balanced Diet
A common belief is that sugar ruins your teeth, this is only partly true. Foods that contain carbohydrates can be bad for your teeth since the naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth will eat the carbohydrates, digest them, and produce acid as a bi-product. This acid can promote tooth decay and other serious problems.You don’t have to avoid carbs, just eat a balanced diet, and if you do eat sweet foods, don’t forget to clean your mouth in the evening.
If you eat a 80/20 balanced diet you should be fine, meaning you only consume unhealthy foods about 20% of the time. For the 80%, focus on lean meats, fruits and vegetables, as well as other nutrient rich foods.
Wear Protective Gear
A common issue for teeth being knocked out is physical impact without the necessary safety gear. All it normally takes is wearing a helmet, and hopefully a mouthguard. These simple items will help protect your head from injury if you are an active person. If you ever participate in sports where you could obtain any serious injury, being prepared is better than regretting that you weren’t.
Once you have a dental emergency, it’s a very serious issue that could cost you hundreds to thousands of dollars. Not to mention surgery time, recovery time, and any future changes you might need to make to your lifestyle. If you suddenly need partial dentures, that might be a big change for you. Considering all the downsides, preventing dental emergencies will only save you time, money, and inconveniences.